The Three Top Mistakes in Lawn Maintenance

In this blog post I’m sharing a few of the top mistakes I see when people are cutting and maintaining their lawn. Don’t feel bad if you are making these mistakes, I’ve suffered these mistakes myself and have had to learn through my 10+ years in the lawn maintenance business.

I want my lawn to look like a golf course! We all admire the clean look of a well- manicured golf course. To get the same look for your lawn, you might have dropped your blades down to 2″ and mowed away (and away…).  Then that happens, your lawn looks brown and burned!  Well, golf courses use a very specific type of “turf grass” that is short and durable, and this is not the type of grass used for most residential lawns. Generally, mowing your lawn too short will cause burning, as it is exposing the lower part of the grass that does not normally get as much sun exposure. A good rule of thumb is to never cut off more than 1/3 of the existing height of your grass. Keeping your grass a good length will also help stop weeds from getting a foothold.

I’m going to be mulch my clippings! By mulching your clippings, you are saving the environment, as well as saving yourself time by not having to bag your clippings. While not a bad idea, you should not mulch when your grass is too long, or you will end up with a bunch of unsightly thatch on your lawn. Thatch can be a haven for pest and disease in your lawn. A good rule is to always mow your grass when it is dry and when it is 3 to 3 1/2 inches tall.  Never cut it shorter than 2 to 2 1/2 inches or remove more than 1/3 of the blade structure at any one mowing.

Hey, I’ll sharpen my mowing blade next year! If your blade is dull, it will ‘tear’ the grass instead of cutting it, which can actually damage the grass blade. If your blade is not sharp, you may also see your grass turn brown soon after mowing.  For a nice clean cut, sharpen your mowing blade regularly. You can sharpen your blade with a file, or bring it to a lawn equipment professional.  It is recommended you sharpen you blade at least twice a season.

For a complimentary assessment of your lawn, call Wes at Affordable Lawn Care, at 727-657-6563.

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